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Dr Miguel Garcia-Sancho

Chancellor’s Fellow

0131 6506393

Science Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS)
School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
Room 2.03 Old Surgeons' Hall
High School Yards
Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

After his PhD at Imperial College London, Miguel worked at Manchester University, Centre for the History of Science, and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Department of Science, Technology and Society.

His research interests are in the history of contemporary biomedicine, with special emphasis on the transition between molecular biology and new forms of knowledge production at the fall of the 20th century: biotechnology, bioinformatics and genomics. He is now developing a five-year Chancellor's Fellowship in the Department of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, with a project on the history of concerted large-scale mapping and sequencing initiatives (the science, politics and socio-economic expectations behind the human and animal genome projects which proliferated after the mid 1980s).

His book Biology, Computing and the History of Molecular Sequencing: From Proteins to DNA (1945-2000) was recently published by Palgrave-Macmillan. He previously worked as a journalist and is interested in science communication and public engagement.

Research interests

1) Interactions between biomedicine and computing / biology and agriculture
2) Top-down and bottom-up approaches to large-scale biomedical initiatives, especially genomic projects.
3) Changing configurations of pure and applied research in biotechnological enterprises.
4) Social and historical dimensions in the formation of biomedical expectations. Role of narratives and biographical accounts in those processes.
5) Interdisciplinary connections between history of science and contemporary-oriented science studies (anthropological, sociological, economic and policy perspectives).

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